14
Oct
2012-10-14_10h45_19

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see If The Major Manufacturers All Made Similar Nexus Phones, Whose Would You Buy?

LG was hard at work this week pimping the new Lithium Polymer battery technology used in the Optimus G. Promising higher battery density in a smaller, lighter package, word's still out on how much of an improvement it is in the real world. Obviously, though, any advances in battery tech are welcome - more battery life is never a bad thing.

It got me thinking: are people happy with their phone's stock battery life? Sure, your phone probably can't go 3 days between charges like the dumbphones of yore could, but these days, most do make it through a full day of use. Artem and I got into a debate on the topic, because he thinks nobody will be content with their battery life, so this is a stupid poll. I know that I'm content with mine, and I'm sure there are plenty of people that aren't ridiculous power users running 18 apps concurrently (*cough* Artem *cough*) who will agree.

What do you think? Obviously, we all want more, all the time. But bearing in mind the current limitations and just how powerful our phones have become, are you content with your phone's stock battery life?

[Please note: The only options are "yes" and "no," because this is a pretty clear-cut, albeit subjective, question. You either are content with it, or you are not. If your answer is "kind of," then your answer is no.]

Are You Content With Your Phone's Stock Battery Life?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://www.thatgamerhub.com/author/moofey Adam Advocaat

    Not even close. With moderate usage I can wear my Nexus S' battery down in about six hours.

    It's like smartphone technology has improved but the battery hasn't improved along with it.

    • John

      Same here for the Galaxy Nexus. I'm a heavy usage type of person with my phone, which is why I bought a 3800 mAh battery (with nfc) from amazon last week. It's awesome. I can get through an entire day without charging it 3+ times. You get used to the bigger size after a few days.

      • Adam Newman

        Just curious, what battery did you purchase? In the past I've always had bad experiences with larger batteries. I bought the 2600mah extended battery for my Droid Charge. It increased the run time by maybe an hr or two, at best, while making the phone much larger physically. How many hrs of screen on time are you getting with the 3800mah battery?

        • John

          http://amzn.com/B007C8XRJY

          Hyperion. It's freaking great for 15$. If you follow instructions for first few charges, it's what you'd expect. I'm getting ~4hr screen on time. That's with mostly good 4G signal.

    • JamesR624

      That's actually exactly true. I was watching reviews of early 2000's pdas and the battery capacity is nearly the same. A 400mhz 2.5" screen device has an average of a 1700mAh battery. A 1.3ghz 4.0" screen device + wifi, bluetooth, and 4G also has about a 1700mAh battery. No wonder it doesn't last anymore.

  • Nate

    I have been very impressed with the Galaxy S3's battery life compared to other phones I've had in the past

    • bungadudu

      I cant get a day of ... "normal" usage! , 8 hours max on heavy usage!

      I am also impressed. In a negative way!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Compared to phones a year or so ago, yeah, the GS3 has great battery life - especially the US version with the Snapdragon S4.

      But its battery life is no better than any other S4-powered phone out there that I've seen, and there are a lot of phones meeting that description. Many S4 phones actually outlast it. And none of those phones still have battery life that I would call "impressive" - they're enough to get you through the day, typically (your mileage will vary), but not much longer. I think we're at a point where batteries still have a lot of room to improve. A day of use is only "good" because modern smartphone battery life has typically been so terrible.

      I still have to think about my battery every day - that's enough for me to say battery life isn't adequate. Eg, do I want to navigate all the way to my destination, or just program it into my phone and turn on nav for the last 10-15 minutes of unfamiliar surface streets? Do I watch the video, or save it for when I get home? Do I play a game for 20 minutes while I'm waiting at the doctor's office, or just check Twitter? Do I set the screen to the correct brightness for my surroundings (usually >75%), or to 30-50% to save battery? I think you get the point.

      • Jay T

        You're right, but I'm finding with my S3 (exynos chip) that I have to think about it less and less. I just take it off the charger in the morning, and with medium usage, I make it easily till the end of the day.

        For me, one day is good enough. I'd love to have a phone that lasts a week on a charge, but that currently isn't possible, so I find the whole one day - charge overnight to be alright.

        The only annoying thing is that if I leave mobile data on, and go into a building without reception, my battery discharges like 5 times quicker.

        • goonie

          I cant say enough good about the Exynos s3. My phones battery is no longer a problem. I get through a day easy. If I use the battery saver I can go 17 hours. If I do other things like fast dormancy and put sync on the lowest available settings I can get much longer then any other phone I have ever used like 24 hours. Fast dormancy will tell your phone it does not have a signal and stop trying to reconnect until you do a web query. Check my photo's on the below posted link to a thread at XDA.

  • The Mystro

    My Evo LTE lasts me all day

  • JD

    1650 mAh stock battery is no good, I wish they'd just give us one with 2300 mAh as our stock battery.

  • Jose Marie Maquinay

    My Galaxy Note barely lasts a half day (10 hours) with WIFI always on. My Galaxy S (JB) seems to fare better at 18 hours... SO its a no for me. I want a smartphone that lasts at least 1 day BUT still able to function properly...

  • http://twitter.com/voodoowhodo Wil-Roy Dilao

    With the way im abusing mine, I can only go a full day with the use of a custom kernel plus I even bring along my usb charger for those quick power ups.

  • NicholasMicallef

    With my SGS II with extended battery my battery usually lasts for a day. It can last almost 2 days if I use a battery conservation mode called "Nexus 7" xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/Vosko Jon Vosko

    My galaxy nexus lte phone has attrocious battery life, for this reason alone i wish i went with razr maxx

    • Ashish

      I switched from the Galaxy Nexus to the Razr Maxx and it was an excellent decision. Sure I loose out on the smoothness of JB and the overall good looks of the Nexus. But the radios and the battery life of the Maxx more than make up for any of the deficiencies.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Vosko Jon Vosko

        That is pretty much what i thought. The wifi reception on the nexus is pretty terrible also

  • Matteo Luigi Riso

    No, I'm not happy. I own a Galaxy S that barely lasts 15/16 hours: it's still the same 1500 mAh battery since when I bought the device in 2010 so it's natural if it gets worn, but also in the early days it didn't last too long. I just ordered a 2450 mAh replacement.

    • Glebaka

      lol good luck u with that 2450 mAh battery )) just hope that ul have atleast 1000mah out of submitted capacity

  • Jay

    Galaxy Note 2. Great battery life. If I was using any other phone, I would have said no.

  • Aaron

    My SIII lasts me all day with pretty heavy use

  • mgamerz

    inb4 razr maxx users

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    My LG Revolution died in 8-9 hours max. I had to buy an extended battery quickly. Now I'm satisfied, but my phone is huge.

  • L boogie

    i love android phones but with all the wonderful specs and increasing quality apps/games, the stock battery (with exception of the RAZR MAXX) still needs improving though changes are on the horizon such as LGs lithium polymer battery technology and more.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adrianyinorta Adrian Orta

      HTC uses lithium polymer as well

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I get through the day with around 30% left to spare, but more never hurt anyone :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/santiago.gomezflor Santiago Gomez

    Samsung GS3 with CM10 lasts for me about 25h =D (with moderate use)

  • mesmorino

    Stupid manufacturers keep on touting bigger screens, phones that are millimetres thinner than their competitors', running quintuple cores and using the fastest network protocols in existence, as if that's what matters.

    I say, "Battery life or gtfo". Like I really give a shit that this phone is 5mm thinner and 30g lighter than that other one. They need to grow some balls and realise that nobody's gonna turn up their nose at a phone that's at least a cm thicker than what's available now, if it means it lasts 3 days WITH regular use, and a week on standby.

    That's probably a bit much to ask for, but even taking steps in that direction would be much appreciated.

    • http://twitter.com/JB_Android_Geek Danny

      Actually bigger screens are a good thing for battery. I know that sounds really stupid but the larger battery they can fit in because of that larger screen is more than the extra amount of power the little bit of screen real estate consumes. So the bigger the screen, the better the battery tends to be. Example: galaxy note 2 vs galaxy s3. There are a lot of exceptions like certain companies like htc who like big screens and tiny battery's (HTC one x or samsungs galaxy nexus). But I have to agree that I would prefer a slightly heavier and bigger phone for more battery life just as long as it feels nice to hold. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

        I agree here, I decided on a Note (1) vs the Galaxy Nexus based solely off the battery capacity, and I have not once been disappointed. And mesmorino, you could always grab an extended battery if the size doesn't bother you, granted I only used one with a Galaxy S so it was a small phone, but I used to get 3-5 days out of it.

      • mesmorino

        The part about bigger screens holds true only if you accept that phones have to be thin, and they do NOT have to be thin- Make the phone thicker and not only can you keep the screen size a reasonable 4-4.8in, you can fit a bigger battery That's what I meant about about a phone being a cm thicker, batteries these days are under 5mm.

        The bigger the screen, the better the battery tends to be... except that the bigger the screen, the more juice it uses, meaning that almost all of the gains are negated, so what's the point? We need a bigger battery without the bigger screen, therefore, make it thicker (as opposed to longer), therefore the whole phone itself gets thicker, but I wouldn't mind

        • ssj4Gogeta

          From what I've seen so far, the gains aren't negated, but you actually get more battery life. Look at NoteII vs SIII, for example. I don't have either phone, I'm looking at GSMArena's numbers.

          • mesmorino

            I have the S3 and comparing it to the Desire HD (my previous phone) it seems to get better battery life overall... By an extra hour or two.

            I fully charge my phone before leaving the house at 8am, and by midday it's at 60%. It loses 40% in 4 hours, on standby! I have to plug it in around 12 or 1pm because it'll never make it to midnight otherwise

          • ssj4Gogeta

            You definitely shouldn't be losing so much battery in standby. There's some app which is constantly keeping your phone awake, probably.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paruhang.chamling Paruhang Chamling

      I think latest Motorola flagship is best for you.

    • On a Clear Day

      The mobile phone industry has been thinking like the dress designing industry and placing more faith in form over function; "chic" over substance.

      Witness the phones from HTC with their non-removable batteries, yet oh so svelte waistlines - and lousy battery life not to mention built-in - gonna sooner or later happen - battery failure necessitating a return to the factory or discarding of the phone.

      We have apparently moved into a period where appearances are viewed by the manufacturers as the key element that will cause us to open our wallets.

      What good is a phone with all the latest everything if the damn thing is a constant worry to you because its battery can't power the power hog?

      To its credit, Samsung, with the Galaxy SIII managed to both produce a phone with better battery life as well as just as thin (or thinner actually I think) than the HTC One X - so steps in the right direction are being made.

  • StriderWhite

    "almost"...

  • EH101

    People need to understand that battery technology has been improving at the same rate as our phones have. The only problem is no one wants to mass produce a battery that will cost more than the devices they power. That and it would be one less incentive for customers to upgrade to the newest devices.

  • http://twitter.com/JalopyCrown Dustin Sexton

    I'd vote, but where's the poll? Last week's is on the right of the page, not this new one.

    Vote is no, by the way.

  • John A

    Easily my biggest gripe about my DHD. I would at least change the battery twice in a day, sometimes three times, when using it more heavily. That is with it running Cyanogen Mod 7.2

  • Muzafar

    I killed my GNex in 2 hrs 40 mins. I had Google music streaming, sync on, and navigation for 30 mins. It's terrible

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrianyinorta Adrian Orta

    What no one here understands apparently is the amount of voltage the processor is requiring to power the phones usage. The new A15 processors on the evo lte and gs3 are more efficient thus lasting all day with only a slightly larger battery. In due time we will see longer lasting phones but as far as batteries go they have been being developed for years by the laptop industry. There is only so much you can put in a square box when you want a 8mm thin phone.

    • Leonid Podolny

      But that's totally misses the point. Everybody here understands that there are sound technical reasons for inadequate battery time, it's not that we think that manufacturers don't give us better batteries out of pure evil. But the question if I, as a consumer, am happy with the battery time. And no, I'm unhappy.

  • Satish Odedra

    The battery on my GS2 lasts for a day or two if i don't use Internet or use it moderately. But when my phone is connected to Internet connection in any form be it 3G, WiFi or even 2G(!), the battery seems to last 4-5 hours only. I believe it's high time smartphone manufacturers start concentrating on improving battery life.

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    Stock as in unrooted and no changes? Not even close. I had to root and freeze the DRM Protected Content service to get my battery life to a decent level after my Droid 4 was updated to ICS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leo.davidson Leo Davidson

    I still see last week's poll on the right (tried another browser in case it was caching, too).

    If I could I would vote no. With phones getting so thin these days, I'd actually rather they were slightly thicker in return for a longer battery life. On the other hand, I can understand why manufacturers don't do this as it makes their phones look bad next to others from a first impression. Unless they put a huge "lasts twice as long as that overly thin phone -->" sticker on them or something. :)

  • Neil Ross Goco

    My Galaxy Note 10.1 has an excellent battery life! And yes I file it under the Phone category. lol

  • Jeff

    The battery on my nexus S is great even on days I am off (work) it lasts me all day I always have my screen brightness down and turn stuff off that I'm not using

  • http://www.linuxdistroreview.com/ Bo

    3 days 14 hours with moderate usage (for me, more than 1 hour display on), WiFi on, data sync on, power saving off. Could have lasted 4 days if there hadn't been a sudden decrease because of portable wifi hotspot. Galaxy S III. Screenshot - http://imgur.com/BtMkj

  • Mauric Bohle

    Galaxy s3 battery life is simply brilliant :)

  • Jon Garrett

    Galaxy Tab 10.1 = excellent battery life
    Galaxy S II = so so battery life
    Galaxy S III = excellent battery life
    Galaxy Note = good battery life

  • Matti

    Nope. Not until I get something close to the last feature-phone I had.
    Or at least 48 hours of non-stop 3D gaming.

    Yeah, I'm hard to please.
    Example: I'll never believe in that 300ppi = human eye retina bullshit.
    It's only "Retina" when I can't tell the difference between looking into my phone and looking out the window.

  • Matt C

    no chance, with my HTC One S if i use the phone for browsing the web for a half hour the battery gets hit hard. even on a day of moderate use, it will be gone by 5 if im lucky (that is running CM10 i might add). dont even get me started on stock

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    I'm almost content. I get ~6 hours of screen-on time although I'd much prefer 8-10.

  • vs8

    I voted 'yes' de because I don't know any better. I'm used to my S2's battery life.

  • http://twitter.com/mxiia The MXIIA

    My Atrix will only last a full day if I have less than 90 minutes of screen time and data turned off all day.

    I think I should be able to get 2 hours of screen time, data (and sync) on the entire day, and go 18 hours without much hassle.
    That'd be ~15%/hour of screen time and ~4%/hour idle drained.

    This is with no games.. screen time tends to be texting or the occasional web browsing for a minute or two.

    This is how the phone was intended to be used, no?
    Syncs all on, data on all day, ability to accept a few phone calls without worrying about the battery dying 2 hours earlier that day?

  • http://twitter.com/BrorAdil Johan Emeren

    If you'd give me the option to pay twice the amount for a full weeks worth of battery I'd do it in a hearbeat.

    • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

      I think a lot of people would.

  • Brian Koppe

    The stock battery life on my HTC EVO 4G LTE is absolutely amazing. The problem is, like Artem, I load my phone full of apps that all chip away at that battery life and make it far less impressive. That's my own fault, though, and I don't think it's fair to hold that against HTC or Android.

    • Leonid Podolny

      I don't think it's your fault. You're a user, it can't be your fault.
      I'm blaming either apps that drain memory or Android who is incapable to restrict the power hogging apps or at least provide the user with adequate tools to understand, what app drains the battery and how much.The latter part annoys me most -- if there is an application that doesn't let the phone sleep, I want to know about it. On my Nexus 7, a time between charges is _twice_ as long on a just-wiped device as compared to the fully loaded and configured one. I have no idea how to pin down the power hog or even if it's a single app or a combination.

      • Eye4Detail

        Settings>Battery. You'll find a list of things using your battery. Click on one and you'll find the foreground, background and keep awake data. Tap App Info and you'll be given the options of uninstalling, force-stopping, clearing data, clearing cache clearing defaults and hiding notifications.

        I've found this to be more than plenty for tracking down battery-hogging apps.

  • moelsen8

    My gnex battery can chew through 20% just walking a few blocks to the store and reading some stuff on the way. Its pathetic.

  • Anon

    Fairly much. I mean I can get 1-2 days with data on, about 2 hours of music daily and occasionally browsing reddit. But some days, the phone is at 15% in about 8 hours. I just don't bloody get it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UUAOR64DGXGPMKOFAV5MDS3M7M Dustin

    do you own phone chargers? I see people griping about a phone that doesn't last more than 16 hours...are you couch surfing and can't ask for an outlet or travelling through the amazon?

  • http://twitter.com/Plusichan Plusi

    Of course not. I own a Xperia S, so more or less I knew what I was getting into. On weekends where I game too much, I end up charging the battery twice a day or so.

  • http://twitter.com/JB_Android_Geek Danny

    I have the galaxy s3 quad core version and even at stock, it's battery has never given out before I get home from college even with heavy use. The battery life if impressive and by far the best out of any smartphone I have ever had in the past (all international versions: htc hero, htc desire, galaxy s2). And I have undervolted my galaxy s3 by as much as my device can handle on both CPU and GPU. I have also overclocked the s3's GPU to 533mhz from 440mhz using less voltage than was been used at stock 440mhz at 533mhz and my battery is still is fantastic. I am a really heavy user, and the s3's battery suits me perfectly. It is the first phone that lasts me a full day when I do the things I want to do on it. But when it comes to battery life, I won't say no to more :D

  • Aleem Qureshi

    Yes and No, the stock battery gives me wonderful usage on my Galaxy Nexus but that was only after i rooted and started playing around with custom kernels. So am i content with battery tech ( the hardware and software ) that OEM's ship to us.. NO, can it be enough provided the right changes are made.. yes

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    I voted no. The reason is simple -- every smartphone makers can pull a RAZR MAXX, and make a variant of their phone that's just slightly bigger, but with a much longer battery life. They don't do that, instead, they want to differentiate pricing by the amount of storage. I am pretty sure that some less storage-hungry users can find ways to live with 8Gb, but they would rather have their phones run a whole lot longer.

  • wewewi

    I'm stuck with a international HTC One X (tegra3)

    'nuff said.
    Had to fetch myself an external Powerbank that works with the POGO Pins

  • andrew__des_moines

    Were it not for Juice Defender Plus's ability to regulate radio access for individual apps, my phone would die in hours. This should really be a core functionality of the OS -- hopefully it will be a focal point in 4.2.

  • Kernschatten

    Left out a Hell No! or stronger option.

  • Amrish Lakhisaran

    What battery life lol. With brightness at 50%, my battery drains 2% every minute... So I use my phone at minimum brightness, and hope it will make it through a usual schoolday...

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    I have Galaxy Note + 5000 mAh extended battery - I don't really care if it's thick and heavy, as long as it can survive 1.5-2 days with no charger, I'm playing games on my way to work all the time. The stock one could not even survive a day of such use.

    • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

      How big is it actually in the hand? I've used extended batteries before, but only in the Galaxy S. I decided no with the Note because it was already so large.

      • Sergii Pylypenko

        The Note feels awkwardly thin for it's size, as if you're holding a plastic badge, adding an extra bulk made it shaped more like a brick or stone, which is actually more comfortable for my large hand, there are more curves for your fingers to snap onto. Although I would prefer textured back cover instead of the glossy one that came with my battery. Mugen battery seem to have a proper back cover, too bad it was not available where I live.

        • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

          If I ever do get another extended battery it will be a Mugen, but I might actually consider this now so thanks for your input here. I figured it was probably the most ridiculous phone to use one with - but then again the Note itself is ridiculous yet perfect at the same time. Thank again ;)

  • DCMAKER

    nothing will change until a better battery tech comes out...nanowire is about 4 years late already so who the fuck knows when that will come out.

  • DCMAKER

    also android sucks...i have a billion background apps running for no reason. I kill them and they come back. An easy 200MB of ram is eaten up and constantly keeps my phone in a wake state, which is number one reason why my phone die so fast.. It'll be the day when android comes up with a good sleep state and manages bullshit programs.

  • Eye4Detail

    I have a Galaxy Nexus...and three batteries...and a "battery only" charger to keep them going.

    'Nuff said.

    • Eye4Detail

      On the flip side of that coin though, my laptop has a battery that's easily 10 times bigger than my phone and it only gets about 3 hours of (similarly used) life compared to my phone's 5.5-6 hours. My phone will cost me about $5 to charge this year while my laptop will cost me about $50.

      I want better battery life but I don't understand how people can complain too much about the minor compromise of carrying a charger for their...everything device. I'll happily keep buying batteries for now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    No, I charge mine over night and do a partial charge in the evening to make sure I get a day's use.

  • http://blog.firstdove.com/ Christian M. Z.

    After getting nearly 53 hours of battery life on a single charge on a my SGS II with 3rd-party Jelly Bean ROM (Revolt JB 2.5): Wi-Fi on throughout, moderate use including web browsing, Flipboard, Twitter, Facebook, some gaming; then comparing it to stock TouchWiz, HELL NO.

  • Cam

    I was, right up until we got 4G LTE in the area. Now...not so much.

  • nim

    Motorola RAZR Maxx, I don't think my battery has ever been below 50%.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    After getting bullshit like this yesterday just going about my day, no, no way I'm content: http://i.imgur.com/pZxCT.png

    • smeddy

      I get this a lot on CM10 on my Galaxy Note. What's going on here? Incorrect battery reporting? Is the sudden drop cancelled out by a longer-tail battery life? I've never quite figured it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

      Just curious, do you always have all your connections running (wifi, 3G, bluetooth etc.) and always poor reception? I understand that yes, you should be able to have it all and expect good battery, it's just that I don't ever have it all going all day long, and wanted to know if it really has that big an impact. Or are there some games thrown in there, too?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Wi-Fi is always on, and it should be, even if you're not using Wi-Fi (there's a reason for that that I've been meaning to write about - it has to do with GPS coarse positioning).

        BT is always on.

        Signal - it's pretty decent, but I guess Android doesn't think so. Sprint isn't that great, but at least I never get any dropped calls or dropouts in call quality when I am using my phone.

        On this day specifically, I was just using my browser and email, nothing else. At one point the phone did freeze (that'd be the 2nd huge drop), not sure why there's the first one, I don't remember it freezing like that. I get that some of this is probably CM10's fault, and most of the time my days go just fine, but it's that one occasional day that leaves me at 12% battery at 3pm...

        • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

          Yeah I usually have most of it turned off if I don't need it, and my battery lasts quite a long time. It appears to make a huge difference, I thought maybe 4-5hrs difference but it's really killing your phone. I noticed CM10 really sucked a bit of battery for me ( I can't blame phones when I use custom roms) but I moved to Slim Bean and it has been running much better.

        • mesmorino

          So... Why should WiFi be always on?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Basically, because of Wi-Fi positioning, a lot of apps that sit in the background and collect location info are perfectly satisfied with coarse location, which can come from Wi-Fi. If your Wi-Fi is off, then they have to use GPS, which demolishes the battery life, especially if you're indoors.

          • mesmorino

            Oh, I thought you were saying to leave it on even where there was no wifi signal available. Or is that what you're saying? Because if there's no wifi signal available then the apps aren't going to be using it for anything... so it might as well be off, right?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            You're almost always going to be in the vicinity of Wi-Fi - any Wi-Fi, doesn't matter if you're logged onto it or not. So yeah, always leave it on, unless you're in the middle of a desert for a day.

    • tamshiwen

      I also notice your phone is constantly awake even when the screen is off. You've got some apps constantly querying the processor or going online preventing the phone from going into lower power sleep mode state to save battery. Also it looks like you had a phone call during that big drop, and then switched to using cell data when you reset the phone and went off wifi, all of which contribute to that massive battery drain if I read the graph correctly.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        There are 2 drops in there that cannot be explained. They are instant and huge.

  • robert alexander

    I have a DROID RAZR, nuff said.

  • MeCampbell30

    "Full-day of use" is pushing it. I can't leave for work then go out at night without stopping to charge my phone in between. I usually keep my phone in a dock while I'm at work. This is on a Galaxy Nexus.

  • Kat Meredith

    Just reading through the comments, you'll find that battery varies by user more than device or size. Personally, my GNex battery life is dismal on 3G (no 4G for me, yet) and positively amazing on WiFi so I said no. Also much better battery with fewer apps but I'm not going to limit myself and I would love better battery management, something on par with ICS data management.

  • metalspy8

    It seems that companies are making (not you motorolla) batteries for the noobs , yall need to step it up for us geeks who stay on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

    Being realistic of course - running games or say smashing YouTube clips on 3G and 100% brightness will obviously drain it quickly, the battery is fine. I don't see the point in it needing to last more than around 15hrs on fairly heavy use, and if you're away for a while just pack an extra battery.

  • DavidB

    BIONIC here running ICS. Extended battery and its STILL awful.

  • JG

    My Droid X's battery does well enough I suppose. More often than not, I'll be able to make it from when I unplug after getting up until close to bedtime when I'm just messing around on the computer from a single charge. Occasionally I may use the phone more than average during the day & require a mid-day recharge to help tide me over till bedtime.

    Though as indicated in the article - more battery life is never a bad thing. Which is why I'm really hoping for my upgrade that the Occam speculation turns out to be true & we see a Motorola Occam's Razr Nexus Maxx HD out before too long. Extra battery life (roughly double the Droid X's) + Nexus updates == shut up & take my money!

  • Iopa

    I have a galaxy nexus, and have discovered that with the right charger and a fresh wipe/batt stats clear, im getting well over a day of battery life with moderate-heavy use.

  • Garry DeWitt

    No, I have an s3 and I will say it has the best battery life of any smartphone I've used but it's not enough. I will be trading it for a razr MAXX if I can.

  • Eric Jones

    I'll be content with battery life when I can do anything my phone can do, all at the same time, all day without any concern for my battery life at all. I'm not asking for more than 24 hours, but I do want to be able to use 4G, wifi hotspot, dlna to a tv playing a movie, and playing a video game for the full day. I don't worry about how many minutes, data, or texts I use, I don't want to worry about my battery too. Having said that, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is more than capable of making it through a day if I'm careful what I use on battery, and plug in if it's available.

  • iTKe2k

    2 days on my galaxy s2 stock firmware

    http://imageshack.us/a/img811/9949/43600726.png

    wifi and data on

  • Andy_in_Indy

    I am very content with the OEM extended battery on my Droid Bionic, but the original battery wasn't making it through most days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lain-Ethan-Macauley/1080526420 Lain Ethan Macauley

    This technology looks intriguing. Like you said, any improvements are welcomed.

  • michael interbartolo

    with CM9 and my usual light usage I got 2-3 days of juice on my Skyrocket. I just upgraded to CM10 and haven't really had enough time to evaluate if this is as good performance.

  • dsass600

    I have a Galaxy Nexus... Nuff said.

  • Laborin_HK

    I have a Gnex, wouldn't get me from morning to end of the day with my "normal use"

    Got the standard extended battery, and now it lasts for a day easy for me. Make me wonder if there was something wrong with my stock battery.

  • Casey Artner

    Something I would want almost more than pure battery life, is battery use consistency. I can leave my GNex on my desk, in the same place, unused on wifi all day, but will have this happen. And after being on for hours, the battery info is almost completely useless. Letting Google Maps do the location thing is fine, but this random rapid drain happens to me all the time and is highly unpredictable and frustrating.

  • Level380

    For the love of GOD please just cause you can make a smaller battery with the same capacity please don't make the phone thinner, or smaller. PLEASE MAKE THE BATTERY CAPACITY LARGER. We all won't all day phones. Not something that is 'thinner' but useless.

  • Nick Vanadium

    I will not be satisfied with battery power until I am getting at LEAST 2 full days worth of use. Not idle time, use!

  • ViralGold

    International S3 here. Very happy with the battery, I can use my phone all day and still have some battery left. Juice Defender pro helps a lot too IMO

  • acoolerclimate

    I have the LG Nitro and the battery life is terrible. I like to use it to browse the internet while sitting on the train. I'll get about 1.5 hours when doing that. That is it. Overnight when the phone is off, it's dead when I wake up the next morning, so I have to leave it on the charger. It's crazy.

  • JakeWithAQ

    I hate my battery life, i have E4GT and im lucky if i can get through the day with medium usage.

  • Doan

    Content, yes. But content is the exact description, and a bare minimum. I would much prefer to be pleasantly happy about my phone's battery life, which I am not.

    Verizon Galaxy S III

    • http://twitter.com/dark_funk dark_funk

      Same phone, same comment. I can make it through the day, most days. If I'm out of wi-fi range a lot (which also means I'm out and about and probably using my phone more than average) I need a top-up at some point. I have chargers scattered about (car, home, work, etc.) so I can charge any time I need to, and it doesn't slow me down. But sure, better battery life would be nice, and considering how crazy thin and light this phone is, I'd certainly accept a bit more heft in exchange.

  • oneillperson

    1350 mAh. LOL.
    Seriously, that's how it was back in the days of the Dinc. It's a wonder I can get through the day on a single charge.
    Needless to say...I want Maxx HD.

  • GraveUypo

    i'm satisfied. i don't even know how long it lasts anymore because i charge it any chance i get (in my car, home computer which also happens to be my work computer, etc). and last time i went without charging it it lasted for more than 50 hours, so that's pretty good.

  • CJ Vanilla

    I would love it if one of the chip makers stopped adding to the phones power and just made it better on battery. I have the GNex and i think it is plenty powerful. Its got all the power i need in a phone. What they need to do, is make the chip smaller, an add in lots of battery improvements then resale the chip. This is instead of having chip makers make it smaller then add more cores and such negating the whole making it smaller power savings...

  • Slighter

    under 30 bucks shipped
    http://www.amazon.com/SlimTalk-External-Micro-USB-Flashlight-Smartphones/dp/B0054U6CEE/ref=sr_1_3?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1350281103&sr=1-3&keywords=anker+external+battery+pack
    I got a newtrent 10000 mAh pack for $50 also, great for 5volt tablets - read non asus
    problem solved

  • Andrew

    I've never had a smart phone with battery life I was happy with.My Galaxy S2 has never made it through a full day of even moderate use. Battery life is rapidly becoming a critical factor for me when choosing a new phone.

  • DeadSOL

    I don't think many people would be happy with battery life. Today's smartphones are still in their early stages and we need a few years before phones can actually have a screen time of 10 hours.

  • fewesttwo

    I've never actually used any of my Android phones as "stock". I had a play with a friends HTC Desire for a bit before I got my first Hero. I didnt like Sense, so when I got my Hero, the first thing I did was flash CM5. Then I started to really like CM/AOSP, so when I got my SE x10i, the first thing I did was flash CM. Likewise with my current SGS2. So while I am pretty happy with battery life as "stock" on that, I am not sure it is the same as "stock" battery life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sudhakar.subramanian.92 Sudhakar Subramanian

    I am happy with my LG Optimus Hub (E510). I get more than 2 days with high usage. To find out how long it can go on single battery charge, once I used it minimum and I got 5 days battery backup. It's 1500mAh battery is just enough to get this 3.5" screen phone through for more than 2 days of heavy use.

  • chezz

    international htc one x,usually charge the phone about 3 times a day,battery to small + fail....

  • http://twitter.com/bk_phil BK Phil

    Out of the box, by HTC Sensation 4G would die mid-day with very light use, and unless I charged it at work, the battery would die during my commute home. That was unacceptable.
    Now that I run a custom ROM (Elegancia, FTW) I can do anything I want all day long (within reason) and have enough juice to hold off on recharging until bedtime. That's acceptable.

  • dgarra

    I have a Razr Maxx, love the battery life.

  • Simon Belmont

    My old Sprint HTC Hero could last 2-3 days with minimal usage even on 3G (Wi-Fi lasted much longer). It would last a solid day and a half of moderate to heavy use.

    My EVO 3D has slightly longer times, probably due to the larger battery and more efficient dual core processor. I've always been happy with my stock battery life.

  • Billy Kent

    I have no issues with the battery life of my EVO lte, goes all day, no issues. way better than the battery was on the S2.

  • Jesus Urrabieta

    In fact, I didn't realized before, but I now think that battery life is a main buy choice feature for me. I hate my HTC One X because any cpu power is useless if the battery drains after two hours playing Huebrix. If fact, phone cpu power is a stupid feature to use to choose a device for most people, since software creators will want their programs to run in most devices. So the slow one with big battery will have the same user experience as the more cpu powered... but for a longer time ;)

  • SM

    I have a HTC Desire HD. I have an extended Mugen battery in there. I STILL am not satisfied with the battery life -.-

  • Lucas Gorski

    I picked up the Motorola Razr HD Maxx and that has an impressive battery life. I was at 5% battery after 1d 19hrs and with over 4 hours of screen time. I'm very happy.

  • http://twitter.com/jordanlong20 Jordan Long

    evo lte with settings tuned (and i toggle my radios as needed)

    i can get 2+ days with light usage. maybe 2.5 if I try to save it (aka airplane mode)

    normally 36-48 hours on normal usage, buttttttt....I would prefer even longer. 12-24 hours on heavier usage.

    I want a phone I can go on a weekend road trip (leave Friday afternoon and return Sunday evening) and not have to worry about bringing a charger.

  • 25to50

    note 2 international version, i get 2 days with 6-7 h screen time, very nice, had the s2 with custom rom. and also got 2 days but with 3-4 h screen time with the extended battery

  • bikerad

    very happy with the OPPO Find 7a's battery and worst case if you get low 30 mins on the charger and your back up past 75%. normally if i use it a lot i just pug it in for 10 mins and that gets from about 12% to 45% easily.